It seldom occurs where one’s career is a matter of life and death. Already established Brit star, Jessie J may have one of those careers, however.
“We finished a tour stop in Bristol [England] last night and there were more fans than I’ve seen in my life. For two hours, they tried to sneak on our bus, touching and grabbing me, begging me to sign their pictures, their badges — and their boobs,” she says with a laugh. “One guy knocked a sign into me; I begged him not to kill me.”
The previous night at a show in Glasgow, Scotland, the screams reached such a decibel that the venue’s sound system shorted. “Onstage,” she says, “they kept throwing things at me — notes and messages and God knows what.”
And these are just tales from European gigs. Although nothing this obscene has happened in the U.S. yet, it could. Jessie J, aka Jessica Cornish, 23, has been gaining in popularity since January when her “Do It Like a Dude” single reached No. 2 on the British singles chart and her B.o.B. assisted “Price Tag” reached No. 1 on the singles chart and get this… the top 40 in 18 nations.
Now she’s released her album Who We Are. It dropped Tuesday (Apr. 12) in the United States. Her single “Price Tag,” produced by Dr. Luke, reached No. 1 on Billboard’s Heatseekers chart on March 26 and is No. 50 with a bullet on the Hot 100 and No. 26 on Pop Songs. The track was iTunes’ Music Video of the Week in February. And Jessie J was the musical guest on “Saturday Night Live” on March 12 — the first artist to appear on the show before an album release — and performances are on deck for “The View,” “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno,” “Today” and “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”
“She has the substance to become the next big pop star in the U.S.,” Sirius XM VP of music programming Kid Kelly says. “Her sound is noticeably different from the current crop of female icons like Lady Gaga, P!nk and Britney Spears. Jessie J is absolutely a standout artist.”
Crown Management’s Sarah Stennett, Jessie J‘s manager, says of her client: “What you see is what you get. She hasn’t changed since I met her two-and-a-half years ago.” Stennett said that the type of honesty Jessie J put outs, endears people to her and makes you want to root for her to win.
So far, all signs are pointing in that winning direction.
What do you think of Jessie J? Is she the next worldwide pop icon?